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Rhododendron impeditum

Dwarf Purple Rhododendron
Zone: 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Exposure: Part Shade
Height: Minimum 12 inches, Maximum 18 inches
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One of the best dwarf rhododendrons, this species has a tight compact habit with attractive silver-gray foliage. Bright blue-purple flowers make a nice contrast. David G. Leach, in Rhododendrons of the World, suggests an excellent use for it: "This is an ideal species for the rock garden, in the forefront of a shrub border or as an edging for beds. Planted about 15" apart, a number of plants will grow together to form an impenetrable ground cover, handsome at all seasons and especially effective when such an expanse becomes a blanket of blue flowers." One of the best plants possible for bonsai. (RN, rn, Lapponica)
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Submitted by Ref: on 11/8/2012 4:26 PM

This ground-hugging species from China covers itself with bright purple flowers in early midseason. Its leaves are very small.


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